Monthly Archives: February 2012

Wind and Sand

Looking west towards the Pier Look back east towards the Pier

Photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N8.

Mon 02.13.12 – Early this evening when Scruffy and I went out for our walk it was about 57F and a good wind was blowing off the ocean, as we rounded the corner towards the Seal Beach Pier, I could see sand blowing across the road and palm trees bending in the wind.
We had to turn around about 2/3rds of the way through our normal walk as the blowing sand was irritating our eyes and making me cough. It looked lovely though, in a strange dry misty way.

A Small Teddy Break

Teddy the teacup Yorkie, and yes, he is very tiny

Close-up photo of Teddy by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N8.

Sorry for the intermittent blogging and silence around here, but much has been going on behind the scenes. The two weeks after my return from the UK, which were the last two weeks of January, were taken up with client work and apartment mold remediation. Basically, I moved half of my life out of my apartment so the carpet could be ripped up and mold on the hardwood floor could be smashed back to spore status.
In the week since the mold mostly went away, I have been furiously trying to catch up on everything else and get some work done. My biggest thing is trying to get various personal bits and my mobile app wrapped up before leaving in less than 2 weeks for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
In the meantime, enjoy this photo of Teddy the wonder teacup Yorkie.

Homai Vyarawalla, Photographer

Homai Vyarawalla passed away in January at 98 years old, a photographer and photojournalist whose career was based out of Delhi and Bombay from the 1930s through to 1970. A woman who blazed paths both as a photographer, an artist, a photo journalist documenting India’s struggle for Independence and the years following, as well as a contemporary to many of the great women of the early and mid-20th Century. A woman of vision, strong will and agency.
I first heard of Ms. Vyarawalla passing on PRI’s The World yesterday while driving, and her story caused me to search for more information and images today. Several of Vyarawalla’s images are recognizable to any afficionado of 20th Century history and culture.
The New York Times has an obituary and an India Ink post entitled Homai Vyarawalla, ‘First Lady of the Lens’ with photos.
The Hindu has a lovely personal memorial in Farewell Homai Vyarawalla.
The BBC has a great slideshow of Vyarawalla’s photography.
Look, read, and celebrate a life well photographed.